CRIME FALLS AGAIN rime is down in Gloucestershire for the seventh year in a row, and Town Crier Ken Brightwell has been telling people all about it.
Figures released Thursday July 14 show that between April 1 2010 and March 31 2011 overall crime in the county fell by 5.8 per cent, or 2,233 offences. The official announcement was made in Cheltenham Town Centre, by the Town Crier, this morning. John Bensted, Chief Executive of the Gloucestershire Probation Trust and Chairman of the Gloucestershire Stronger Safer Justice Commission*, said the continued decrease in crime was good news for everyone who lived in, visited or worked in the county. He said: “These latest figures are testament to the work being carried out by many agencies and individuals across Gloucestershire, as well as communities throughout the county. “By working together we have all helped to achieve this continued reduction in crime. “The figures alone are reason to feel proud, but what makes me feel more proud is the fact that 2,233 less offences means 2,233 less victims of crime. “We cannot forget, however, that one crime is one crime too many and the impact of any crime can be considerable. SOLAR VAT FRE IN JULY E AUGUS & T
“We in the Commission and everyone throughout Gloucestershire needs to work together now to try and maintain these reductions in crime, and help to create a stronger and safer Gloucestershire throughout 2011 into 2012.” Assistant Chief Constable Ivor Twydell, of Gloucestershire Constabulary, also welcomed the figures. He said: “Crime has not only fallen countywide, it has fallen in every single Local Policing Area. From the largest decrease in the Forest of Dean, to the smallest reduction in Cheltenham, every area has improved. “I’d like to thank every organisation around the county that has worked with us, as well as our communities, for the help they have given us in achieving these reductions. “We know, however, that there is no reason for complacency. There have been increases in certain crimes in certain areas. However, we are very clear about what we and our partners need to do to tackle these problems and the public can have confidence that, despite the challenges facing us, particularly financially, we will do everything we can to maintain these reductions. “I would ask everyone to help us with that. Give us your support, help us to solve crimes and do your best to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of crime. The challenge now is to reduce crime again this year.”
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Inspector Alistair Barby said: "Now we’re finally due a bit of sunshine we do urge people to make sure doors and windows are closed and locked when the room or building is empty. It sounds obvious but it’s incredible how many people fail to follow this simple advice.” Criminals are quick to exploit any slackening of security such as windows and doors being left open on a hot summer’s day and the majority of burglaries and thefts can be avoided by following very simple crime prevention advice. Cheltenham Police also advise people take the following measures: • Don't leave valuables on display where they can easily be seen through a window.
• Mark valuable items with an indelible marker with your post code or better still use a forensic marking system and display the signs provided with the kit. • Consider purchasing a safe for storing valuablesDon't keep large amounts of cash at home. Inspector Barby also encouraged people to report any suspicious activity. “If you see something that looks or feels a suspicious or out of the ordinary then please do make sure you report it,” he said. “We would always much rather get calls that turn out to be something legitimate than to miss an opportunity to prevent a crime or catch an offender. You can report information to Gloucestershire Police on 0845 090 1234.
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Police Authority Confirms Future of More Police Stations G loucestershire Police Authority has made decisions about the future of five more police stations across the County.
Following a period of public consultation throughout February and March the Constabulary announced the closure and sale of nine stations earlier this year.
Nine other buildings required further discussion to take place to ensure that the best possible solution was found to reshape policing in Gloucestershire; increasing visibility and maintaining the best possible accessibility for the public.
With an £18m budget reduction over the next four years, the Constabulary has been working to identify where this money can be saved, whilst maintaining an excellent service to the public.
Initial proposals involved moving police officers to the nearest large police station or moving the policing presence to a library or other public building to allow for the sale of the existing police station. In every scenario the communities will continue to have the same daily policing presence as before – just provided from a different base.
After thorough consideration of all of the options presented by the communities affected, decisions have now been made in relation to each of the following stations:
Brockworth – The proposal had been to move police officers to the nearest large police station from where they would continue to police Brockworth. The community offered the use of the Parish Council offices which has been accepted. A Police Point has been established in the Parish Council offices allowing for the sale of the Police Station.
Fairford – The community offered the possibility of moving into the community centre, which is right at the heart of the town. This option provides great visibility and accessibility and the existing police station will therefore now be sold.
Lydney – The option of providing a Police Point in the local library was explored but a number of logistical issues have emerged. These issues proved insurmountable and, as a result, the Police Station will not be sold, but retained for future use.
Stonehouse – The community offered the opportunity to move a policing presence into the Town Council offices. This provides the best option in terms of maintaining a very visible and accessible policing presence and a Police Point will therefore be established in the offices, allowing for the closure and sale of Stonehouse Police Station.
Tetbury – During public consultation, the community put forward the possibility of a Police Point moving into Tetbury Town Council offices – into what was previously the old police station, last occupied by Gloucestershire Constabulary in 1969. This offer has been accepted allowing for the sale of the existing Police Station. Consultation with the communities affected was incredibly successful; with a number of alternative solutions found in various communities which the residents felt best suited their needs. Cllr Rob Garnham, Chair of Gloucestershire Police Authority, said: “The process of reviewing our estate could have been very painful, and of course it was never going to be easy to determine which police stations should close. “However, we’ve found the public of Gloucestershire very understanding of the situation we are in. “Our communities have not only commented on our proposals, but in many cases have suggested and offered different venues for our officers to work from, which is a marvellous indication of the community spirit in the county. “We’ve listened to all the views put forward and have carefully considered our presence in every part of the county. Inevitably some people will be disappointed, but I can reassure everyone that even where a police station is closing, we will still provide a visible and accessible policing presence. “We’re also very grateful to those bodies, such as Town Councils and the County Council, who have offered us space in their facilities to help us maintain that presence.” Chief Constable Tony Melville said: “The estates review has been a very in depth and carefully considered process. “We have been clear throughout, however, that we not only need to change the way we delivery policing, we want to change the way we deliver policing in order to provide a more responsive, visible and accessible service. “While we may not have our own buildings in certain areas any more, we will still maintain a real visible policing presence in those communities in order to respond to local issues and work with communities to keep them safe from harm.” The future of four other police stations which were also subject to public consultation; Bishops Cleeve, Churchdown, Winchcombe and Whaddon, continues to be considered, as all options are fully explored.
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square metre structure. Visitors to the Luminarium Levity III will enjoy a unique sensory experience in a kaleidoscopic atmosphere. Visitors are encouraged to explore cozy nooks, caverns and domes as shades of blue, red and green light flow through colored rubber panels, and soothing music echoes through the labyrinthine fantasy environment.
first visited the Luminarium, I immediately thought how fantastic it would be to see it in a rural location with space, open skies and framed by the green of trees and fields. To host it here in the Forest of Dean will be very exciting.” Alan Parkinson, artistic director of Architects of Air, creators of the Luminarium, said: “When we were approached by Taurus Crafts, we saw the opportunity to bring one of our modern structures to a rural location where natural drama of the Forest of Dean and the River Severn will enhance the visitor experience.”
Luminarium exhibitions have been enjoyed by over two million people in 37 countries across five continents, and this is the first time that the sculpture has visited the Times: The Luminarium Levity III will take South West. place from 22nd to 31st July 2011 The Luminarium inspires all Costs: £3.00 per person for. A family ages and is a fun, family ticket (one adult and three children or activity to mark the start two adults and two children) costs £10. the summer holidays. To Location: Taurus Crafts, The Old Park, further celebrate the exhibition’s arrival, artisan Lydney, Gloucesterhire, GL15 6BU. businesses based at Taurus Telephone: 01594 844 841 Media enquiries: Contact Bridget Crafts will be joined by local artists and designers Ballantyne or Jade Jackson at for a programme of Renegade Media on +44 (0)1452 760 activities and workshops. 147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Elizabeth Ball, director of email@example.com Taurus Crafts said: “When I
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A great day out for Summer of Sport four-legged friends kicks off 25 July D
ogs and their families are once again being invited to Burrows playing field, Leckhampton, for Paws in the Park. The event, in its 8 th year, will take place on Sunday 7 August from 10.30am.
odgeball, athletics, kung fu, basketball and street dance are just some of the ways to keep fit and active during the holidays when Summer of Sport 2011 launches on 25 July 2011. The programme is being delivered by the council’s sports development team and always proves to be popular with young people.
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Paws in the Park continues to promote the aims of responsible dog ownership with the added benefit of a great family fun day. Dog owners will have the opportunity to take part in the Kennel Club's Good Citizenship Awards, which allows them to earn recognition for being responsible owners. The day includes a ranges of doggy activities, such as eight novelty classes to enter including the most appealing eyes, cutest puppy and junior handler, also the very competitive dog scurry to name but a few. This year’s celebrity judge is Debbie Connolly, from BBC’s Dog Borstal. Debbie will be judging the novelty dog classes.
A funky street dance session will mark the start of the programme, running from leisure@cheltenham on 25 July. From Wednesday to Friday each week, the sport zone roadshow will be running at Christ College Sport Centre, with a range of activities including football and kwik-cricket on offer. If there are specific sports of interest, young people can take part in a camp which coaches them in one sport only throughout the duration of the holidays. Free of charge ‘sport in the park’ sessions will also take place in various different open spaces across the borough.
Other things to see and do include husky rides by Arctic Quest Sled Dog Adventure team, have a go agility, flyball, canicross and low-cost microchipping. In addition there will be stands promoting animal charities, pet services and stores, as well as face painting, bouncy castles and refreshments.
Perhaps a highlight of the programme is the athletics workshop on Friday 29 July, hosted in partnership with the Cheltenham Harriers athletics club. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a range of different athletics events that will feature in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Expert coaches will be on hand to improve jumping, running and throwing skills with each young person working towards an official UK Athletics awards certificate. For something a little bit different, there will be a beginner's Kung Fu taster session delivered by qualified instructors from Chi Wai Black Belt Academy on 17 August.
Janice Payne, the council’s biodiversity ranger is helping to organise the event, she said: ‘’This event is always really popular with people of all ages and it’s great fun for dogs. It will send out an important message about responsible dog ownership, as well as raising much needed funds for Cheltenham Animal Shelter.’’
Tom Sparks, sports development officer said: "This year’s summer of sport programme has been designed to provide an action packed five weeks, with fun, new sports on offer to give young people a large selection of activities have a go at. From Kung Fu to dodgeball, we have plenty of sessions on offer to appeal to a wide range of children. We are also linking in closely with local sports clubs in the area to not only provide quality coaching, but to link youngsters to a local club that they can become involved with. We would encourage parents to book early to avoid disappointment.’’
Car parking at £1 per car is available on site. For more information visit www.cheltenham.gov.uk/pawsinthepark or contact Janice Payne on 01242 250019, Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org
Different charges apply and some activities are only suitable for older children. There is also a wide array of play activities on offer. Both the sport and play activities take place in a variety of different venues. To find out more and to book a place, contact the sport and play team on 01242 774408. The booking line is open from 12 - 3pm, Monday to Friday. See the full programme at www.cheltenham.gov.uk/play.
Application forms for the novelty dog classes can be downloaded from the council website in advance but entrance is first come, first served on the day.
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Sir Stirling Moss becomes one of the first Aston Martin Cygnet customers Martin Cygnet shares much in terms of design and craftsmanship with the company’s sports cars. Elegant and distinctive, individual and practical, the Aston Martin Cygnet is the ultimate Tailor-Fit solution for city living. Launched in May 2011 with first customer orders arriving at European dealers now, Cygnet is handcrafted for the city and like every Aston Martin it can be uniquely personalised to suit individual taste and style, bringing a new level of luxury and bespoke capability to city cars.
t the prestigious Royal Automobile Club last night, international motorsport legend, Sir Stirling Moss took delivery of his newly purchased Aston Martin Cygnet; a surprise birthday present for wife, Lady Moss.
One of the closest teams in motorsport for many years, Sir Stirling and Lady Moss planned a private celebratory dinner on the eve of her birthday at the Royal Automobile Club in its clubhouse the century old, ‘palace on Pall Mall’ in London. On arrival they were met with the sight of the new Aston Martin Cygnet on display in the magnificent central rotunda – the culmination of six months planning and ‘secret’ correspondence between Sir Stirling and Aston Martin to plan a surprise birthday present for Lady Moss. Sir Stirling Moss said: “My greatest partner in everything that I do, Susie is an amazing person and frankly the best wife a man could have. Since seeing a pre-production Cygnet in January I knew that it was the perfect car for Susie; a proper little piece of British luxury and perfect for our life in town.” Hand-crafted at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, taking 150 hours to complete, the Aston
Specifications for Lady Moss’s car include Sir Stirling’s choice of Aston Martin Racing Green, harking back to the company’s sports cars that Sir Stirling raced in the 1950s, as the paint colour. This iconic exterior has been complemented by a simple and elegant interior hand crafted in Obsidian Black leather with a contrasting coarse silver stitch, forming a typically understated combination. Adding to the occasion and its ongoing theme of long standing relationships with the marque, the Cygnet has been supplied through HWM Aston Martin, based in Walton-on- Thames, who were appointed as an official Aston Martin dealer in 1951. The longest serving of the company’s global network of 134 dealers, HWM Aston Martin was started 60 years ago by fellow Aston Martin Works Driver George Abecassis who actually gave Sir Stirling his first Grand Prix drives in 1951/52 in HWM-built cars. Sir Stirling’s own driving career with Aston Martin saw him drive a number of the company’s racing cars including the famous DB3S and DBR1 models with great success. This culminated in being part of the factory team that in 1959 secured the company the World Sportscar Championship following victories in the DBR1 at such prestigious races as the Le Mans 24hour.
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New BMW London 2012 performance editions BMW 1 Series and 3 Series get a London 2012 transformation o celebrate BMW’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and inspired by the BMW London 2012 Performance Team, BMW has introduced two new Performance Edition models based on the popular BMW 1 Series and 3 Series.
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the 118i and 118d, the BMW 3 Series Performance Edition will gain an M aerodynamic body kit, M sport multifunction leather steering wheel, sport seats, floor mats with blue piping, 18-inch light alloy wheel, chrome exhaust finisher and London 2012 exterior badges, making the BMW 3 Series a winner in the style race. The BMW 3 Series Performance Edition costs just £500 more than the equivalent 3 Series ES Saloon, saving customers a substantial £2,030. Prices start at £23,195 OTR for the BMW 318i Performance Edition Saloon. The BMW Performance Editions are available in a choice of four colours; Alpine White, Titanium Silver, Bluewater and Black Sapphire, and are on sale now. Chosen by London 2012 as the Official Automotive Partner, BMW’s sustainability credentials will help London 2012 deliver a sustainable Games. As part of the partnership, BMW will supply a range of Efficient Dynamic diesel cars, hybrids and electric vehicles, achieving average CO2 emissions below the LOCOG target of 120g/km, as well as bicycles and motorcycles. The BMW London 2012 Performance Team will also benefit by being provided with vehicles to support them in their preparation for the Games.
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